From Central City Brewers & Distillers in Surrey BC comes their first foray into Ciders with their “Hopping Mad Cider” a cider that has been dry hopped. The cider pours a light yellow colour with a very small white head. The aroma consists of mild apples and maybe a hint of floral hops. The flavour is of tart and sweet notes from the apples with a hint of hops and almost a champagne finish. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%. I am not a cider fan but I would not turn this down if offered. I would almost have to admit that this is quite tasty. I think this will probably be popular with the craft beer fans out there.
Commercial Description: Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Apple Cider is a dry-sweet cider blending Yakima valley hops with fresh pressed apples from the Pacific Northwest. Hopping Mad Dry Hopped Cider is cold fermented from scratch, using Northwest Apples, Yakima Hops and a special yeast. The dry hopping process used adds a nice hop aroma onto the dry sweet, cider, complementing the cider’s natural tart flavour.
From Fort Collins Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing and Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! out of Montreal Quebec comes their “Heavenly Feijoa Tripel” a collaboration ale brewed with Feijoa and Hibiscus. A Feijoa is also known as a pineapple guava. The beer pours a golden colour with a white head. The aroma is of sweet fruits such as Feijoa and Hibiscus as well as some yeast and some caramel malts. The flavour is of tropical fruits, Feijoa, Hibiscus, apple, champagne and a very mild hops presence. The alcohol content comes in at 9.4%. This is an amazing Tripel and tastes nothing like any other beer you will ever try! These two breweries from across the 49th Parallel brewed up something very special here!
Commercial Description: Heavenly Feijoa Tripel combines Dieu du Ciel!’s love of hibiscus flowers with New Belgium’s passion for strange and worldly fruit. Feijoa, also known as pineapple guava, has a sweet, aromatic flavor, which makes the aroma of Heavenly Feijoa Tripel luscious and tropical. The beer has Belgian yeast and Nelson Sauvin hops, combining to make a sweet fruit taste, mild spicy tones and a sharp bite. Hibiscus adds a cranberry tartness and an ambrosial quality to the color.
Food Pairing as per the brewery: Moussaka with Bechamel Sauce, Beer Braised Crispy Pulled-Pork Flatbread
From Seattle Washington’s Hilliards Beer comes their “Saison” . The beer pours a cloudy golden colour with a white head. The aroma consists of apple, champagne, fruit, yeast and some pepper. The flavour is of apples, champagne, fruit, spices, yeast and pepper. The alcohol content comes in at 6.6% and the IBU is 20. This is a very nice Saison with a very different flavour than any other I have had. IT even comes in cans which is very different too!
Commercial Description: No cork or wire cage here. We’re getting back to the spirit of a Saison as a beer you can drink every day, not just special occasions. Refreshing and complex, the high fermentation temperature used with the Belgian yeast strain allows it to add its unique characteristics to the flavor without the addition of spices. Saisons are a great style that can be appreciated by both the informed and informal beer drinker.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Bouillabaisse, farmhouse cheeses